The Avengers 4 trailer is coming, but what will actually be revealed in the first look at next year's epic MCU culmination? The trailer for the next Avengers film is probably the most hotly-anticipated teaser in Marvel history, not least because we don't yet even know the movie's title. And, with the trailer expected to release very soon, anticipation is going through the roof.
But what should viewers expect from the Avengers 4 trailer? It's important to remember that Avengers: Infinity War was one the most secretive film of all time; most of the stars didn't even get access to the full script and the release itself was dominated by #ThanosDemandsYourSilence. And while there's no big cliffhanger to be hidden in Avengers 4 (presumably), all the evidence suggests it will still have a highly secretive marketing campaign. So don't expect this first trailer to give away major secrets.
But the Avengers 4 trailer still needs to sell the film, establishing its surviving heroes, returning villain and getting audiences hyped for one of the biggest movies of 2019. From what little is known about the movie and Marvel's track record in advertising their tentpoles, here's what we expect to see in the Avengers 4 teaser.
- This Page: What We Will See In The Avengers 4 Trailer
- Page 2: What Marvel Probably Won't Show In The Avengers 4 Trailer
Thanos Somehow, Somewhere
Perhaps surprisingly for some, the Avengers 4 trailer will surely focus strongly upon Thanos. The Mad Titan's exact role in Avengers 4 is unknown, but so far this film does appear to be the continuation of his story. For all fans have gotten distracted with talk of "new threats" in the Avengers sequel, the fact remains that Avengers: Infinity War's sequel tease card read "Thanos will return". In part a reference to his victory in the cliffhanger ending, Josh Brolin was nevertheless on set for a substantial portion of the Avengers 4's shoot (and Thanos featured prominently on the official InfinityWar/Avengers 4 wrap cake). Given this is the case, it's safe to assume the trailer will be designed to remind viewer that Thanos is still the star of this show.
All that said, it's currently unclear what Thanos' exact role will be in Avengers 4. Presumably, Earth's Mightiest Heroes are attempting to undo or avert the snap, and Thanos is attempting to stop them. If that's the case, then the trailer would want to establish a contemplative Thanos realizing that his "achievement" is imperiled, as well as what he'll do to stop the surviving Avengers.
In addition to expecting new footage, it must be noted that a lot of Thanos' Avengers: Infinity War dialogue would be perfectly suited for the Avengers 4 trailer: "Now is no time to mourn, now is no time at all"; or perhaps the Soul World conversation with Gamora, where Thanos admits his victory cost "...Everything".
The New Avengers Team
Thanos may be the central character of Avengers 4, but this is still an Avengers film, and the trailer will need to introduce the new team. If rumors of a five-year time-jump are correct, that may be quite a challenge. Perhaps the trailer could use Scott Lang to frame the film; he's expected to escape the Quantum Realm and emerge in a world that's significantly changed. Scenes of him racing through the deserted streets of San Francisco would be particularly chilling.
Avengers 4's main line up of heroes includes OG group Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow along with fellow survivors Captain Marvel, War Machine, Ant-Man, Nebula and Rocket. Along with being a large core team of eleven heroes, based on production artwork there's going to be some changes to what audiences expect: War Machine will have nano armor; Hawkeye will have taken on his Ronin identity; Captain America has his comic-accurate scaled armor; and Hulk will be wearing clothes, hinting at Bruce Banner's two personas merging into the "Professor Hulk" identity.
Naturally, there'll have to be some sort of "money shot," akin to the Wakanda charge in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer. Considering that the leaked art has been widely circulated, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Avengers 4 trailer included the live-action version of that scene, with the heroes apparently in space rushing towards a threat.
The Quantum Realm
Aside from the core characters, one essential location that the Avengers 4 trailer may want to include is a glimpse of the Quantum Realm, a mysterious plane of reality outside the normal laws of time and space from the Ant-Man movies. While the microverse's importance isn't fully understood, the Quantum Realm appears to be the narrative thread running from Ant-Man & the Wasp, through Captain Marvel, and presumably on to Avengers 4.
The popular theory is that the Avengers will use the Quantum Realm to travel in time, attempting to rewrite history and prevent the snap ever happening. Even if that is the case, though, don't expect an extended sequence in the Quantum Realm; the purpose of this trailer isn't to reveal the film's plot, it's simply to generate excitement.
Marvel Won't Show The Dead Heroes In The Avengers 4 Trailer
There's going to be a lot of characters in the Avengers 4 trailer, but don't expect to see any of the dead heroes. Marvel Studios seem to be heavily invested in pretending the snap will be permanent. In the build-up to Avengers: Infinity War's theatrical release, Kevin Feige warned that some of the Infinity War deaths will stick, and despite films for Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther all in-development, Marvel's been following that line.
So, as obvious as a big return may seem, don't expect this first Avengers 4 trailer to entertain that possibility. In fact, it's entirely possible that the trailer will appear to set up some sort of "avenging" arc, ignoring the plan to avert the snap altogether. While vengeance will no doubt be part of some characters' motivations - Thor in particularly will want a chance to strike Thanos dead - this would effectively conceal the main plot.
Marvel Probably Won't Hint At Time Travel
Spinning on from the hiding of the plot, don't expect any theories about time travel to be confirmed by this first trailer. As already noted, it's believed Avengers 4 will see Earth's surviving heroes attempt to rewrite history. But the first trailer isn't about the story at all; it's about setting the mood, establishing the context for the adventure, and generating hype for it.
Depending on the angle Marvel take in the Avengers 4 trailer, there may be scenes from The Avengers' Battle of New York or Guardians of the Galaxy (two movies set photos have revealed the film will revisit); but these are likely to be presented as though they were flashbacks, or as reminders that the story of the MCU is building to a head. Marvel isn't going to give away so important a plot point as time travel in their first trailer for Avengers 4.
It's important to note that, just as with Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel's secrecy will undoubtedly conceal some major plot twists. Avengers 4 writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have stressed that "the film doesn’t do what you think it does." Given that's the case, even the most well-informed viewer is sure to be surprised at the final plot - and, therefore, there's the potential for some real surprises in this trailer as well. The trailer drop will be the moment when the countless Avengers 4 theories begin to be tested by reality. Some will be discounted (possibly even some of the most common and well-established idea) and no doubt many more new theories will be born. For sure, whatever it holds, the hotly-anticipated release of the first Avengers 4 trailer is the beginning of a far more informed debate about the film.